Questioning Power & Repairing Harm: Addressing Cultural Appropriation in Our History

One of Camp Fire’s five interwoven strategic commitments is addressing and ending cultural appropriation. In 2020, Camp Fire began working with Thrive Paradigm to identify culturally appropriative elements of its programming and recommend changes aligned with Camp Fire’s values of equity and inclusivity. In April through July of last year, Thrive Paradigm helped Camp Fire […]

A Confluence of Two Rivers: Introducing a New Relationship with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and Camp Fire

When two or more rivers meet, it is often called a confluence. When this happens, the temperature and composition of the waters may change. The new river may adjust its course. But ultimately, both rivers are strengthened by this mutual convergence. The water continues on its way, newly defined, with added force and determination. Each […]

Equity in Action

What do you think of when you think about equity? Fairness? Equality? Acting justly?  When we talk about equity at Camp Fire, we’re not talking about an unreachable ideal. We’re not focusing on a simplistic, everybody-gets-the-same-size-slice-of-pizza approach. We mean an inclusive value that is alive, nuanced and, frankly, difficult.  We’re committed to fairness that does […]

Camp Fire’s approach to trauma: What it means to be trauma-informed

You’ve heard us say it many times: Growing up is hard. That’s the why behind everything we do. But when we say hard…just how hard are we talking?   Right now, really hard. Like, clinically hard. We’re in a youth mental health crisis, and one of the underlying causes is trauma.    What is trauma?   […]

Shawna Rosenzweig Named President of Inclusive National Youth Development Organization Camp Fire National Headquarters

Rosenzweig promoted internally after 10 years of strategic program leadership and notable success KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (July 5, 2023) – National inclusive youth development organization Camp Fire announced today that Shawna Rosenzweig, Chief Strategy Officer for the past four years, has been promoted to President. To further the innovative work happening at the organization, […]

What’s Environmental Justice?

Learning from Camp Fire intern Maggie Bailey If you’ve been paying attention to the environmental movement and environmental justice, you know that young people are leading the way, calling us to task, and showing us how to do better. Camp Fire is no different. We’ve been learning from one our own lately, and we wanted […]

DEI & Thriving

WHERE ALL YOUTH CAN belong & thrive CAMP FIRE’S DEFINITION OF THRIVING Connection When young people are thriving, they are connected to others, to nature, and to themselves with a loving awareness of their identities, dreams, passions, and needs. Whole self They are invited to imagine their whole selves and to learn, grow, and achieve […]

Leadership

leading our innovation National Board of Trustees Danette Andley, ChairSenior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Health Care Business Group at 3M Danette Andley is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Health Care Business Group at 3M. She is responsible for driving demand generation and building sales and marketing competency. […]

Sharing Power: Learning to Embrace Humility as an Adult in Youth-Led Spaces

Written by Hannah Howard | Evaluation Manager & Staff Advisor to the National Youth Advisory Cabinet | Camp Fire National Headquarters What does “youth voice” mean to you? When young people apply to be a part of Camp Fire National’s Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC), this is one of the questions we ask. Last year, their […]

Getting focused: Our goals for 2023-2025

Well, hello, 2023. What do you have in store for us? Our new strategic plan has some (very exciting) spoilers.   We opened 2022 with a new vision for Camp Fire: We envision a world where all young people thrive and have equitable opportunities for self-discovery, community connection, and engagement with nature.  That’s a big dream. […]